Dear Allen win streak
Beware Abilene and Southlake Carroll.
Allen picked up its 49th consecutive win to tie as the state’s second-longest overall winning streak and tied for the No. 1 streak competing in the largest classification.
Southlake Carroll (2004-07) and Abilene (1954-57) are tied at 49.
How did Southlake’s streak of 49 end? Lost at Texas Stadium in the 2007 regional semifinals in a heart-breaking 22-21 loss to Abilene after Riley Dodge suffered a shoulder injury. Note: It’ll hurt when it’s over.
Celina has the state record win streak at 68 (1998-2002) and Allen will have to win a fourth-consecutive state title with an undefeated record then go through the 2016 regular-season undefeated to get to 69 straight.
Even in the PhotoShop Era, or maybe especially in that era, the drawings for Jesuit’s home-game programs by artist and alum Bill DeOre are always keepers. Here’s Jesuit’s program for game which ended in Jesuit’s 24-21 victory to end Skyline’s 49-game district winning streak dating back to 2008.
Coppell coach talks decision to go for 2
Southlake Carroll defeated Coppell, 38-37, in double-overtime as Carroll’s recent Oklahoma commit Robert Barnes chased down a 2-point conversion try for the final stop. Coppell could have gone to a third overtime by kicking an extra point.
Here’s what Coppell coach Mike Dewitt told the Coppell Gazette’s Justin Thomas:
“At the end, we felt like we were out of gas on defense. I mean my goodness, they have Division I players all over the place. I felt like we were out of gas and thought let it hang on one play. I didn’t know if we could get a stop and I didn’t want to trade touchdowns for touchdowns. We were at home and wanted to try to end it. We thought we had a good play and went with it.”
Blast from the Past
In 2008 under former Coppell coach Bob Shipley, the program got one of its biggest wins with a wild, 57-53 double-overtime win to end the Dragons’s 38-game district winning streak. Game featured Cam McDaniel and Jaxon Shipley for Coppell and Kenny Hill in his first year as SLC QB.
Stopping the 2-point conversion Part II
South Grand Prairie safety Jakari McDowell got a quarterback sack to stop Duncanville’s 2-point conversion try which would have tied the score in regulation. SGP, also getting a 4th-and-2 stop by Jeffrey Okudah with three minutes left, hung on for a 28-26 victory.
Anthony Criss update
Arlington ISD AD Kevin Ozee updates Sam Houston coach Anthony Criss, left Friday’s game to be checked at ER.
Coming Up Week 7
Bishop Dunne at Prestonwood Christian: TAPPS Division I showdown in a rematch of last year’s TAPPS state final. Dunne hasn’t scored less than 35 points and PCA hasn’t scored less than 42.
Timberview vs. Lake Ridge: Mansfield ISD showdown in District 14-5A. Timberview has two tough losses (Ennis and Lancaster) but could regain a lot of momentum with a over undefeated Lake Ridge, which has state title potential in its fourth season with a balanced offense and salty defense.
Mesquite Horn at Highland Park: Horn is the defending district champ and HP’s home winning streak has ended, but the winner here could get seeding and momentum for a solid playoff run.
McKinney North at Lovejoy: Make sure all the lightbulbs work on the scoreboard.
Players to Watch:
Allen has moved sophomore Colton Manning to safety from running back. Add another DI prospect to the list … Arlington is quietly sitting atop District 4-6A with Martin. Colts sophomore running back De’Montae Davis is a star on the rise.
One crazy prediction:
With a tip of the cap to the Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls, our crazy prediction this week: Somehow Frisco Heritage will rebound from an 0-3 start in District 9-5A to make another good playoff run. Heritage has some of the same talented players in running back Kene Nwangwu and receiver Bubba Ogebebor which went to the regional semifinals.